Founded in 1962, Universidad Centro Occidental Lisandro Alvarado (Lisandro Alvarado Central Western University) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the medium-sized city of Barquisimeto (population range of 500,000-1,000,000 inhabitants), Lara. Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministerio del Poder Popular para Educación Universitaria, Ciencia y Tecnología, Venezuela (English: Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of Venezuela), Universidad Centro Occidental Lisandro Alvarado (UCLA) is a coeducational higher education institution. Universidad Centro Occidental Lisandro Alvarado (UCLA) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 54 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. UCLA also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services.